First Edmonton East Downtown Condo Project Liberty Quarters Opens Today with Dramatic Design-Off Judging, Mayor's Visit

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The first condo project to officially launch in Edmonton's new The Quarters Downtown, innovative Liberty Quarters hosts its Grand opening tonight with the judging of a dramatic Design-Off competition and an appearance by Mayor Stephen Mandel.

It's official tonight: The Quarters Downtown is open for business. Liberty Quarters becomes the first condominium project to launch in Edmonton's new east downtown redevelopment project heralded as The Quarters Downtown with its official launch party and the judging of its design-off event tonight. The city's mayor Stephen Mandel has said he will be there.

Touted as "an evening packed with fun and surprises," attendees will sample Manhattan-style cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as they experience the four remarkably diverse NY-themed condo suites of Liberty Quarters.

Themes range from the Greenwich, with its opulent and elegant mansion-like air to the Broadway with gorgeous walnut hardwood and red brick tile, designed to resembles an artist's loft. Then there's the uber-trendy SoHo glittering with glass mosaic tile, and the inspiring and airy Central Park featuring rare green Brazilian "bamboo" granite countertops. The materials, finishes and textiles are consistently impressive and beautifully integrated into all four themes.

And if the show suites are styled and decorated with more effort and attention than any you've seen elsewhere, it's no accident. The Edmonton designers, renowned for other projects around the city in their various specialties, were fuelled by a competitive spirit.

Their efforts will be put to the big test tonight, as a panel of expert judges will use real-world criteria such as durability, comfort and cost-effectiveness to determine which is the cream of the New York themes.

"It's been surprisingly competitive," says Natasha Stenzel, president of Alumni Development Group, the developer behind Liberty Quarters. "Expect some drama. The designers have been sparring for weeks, and you can feel it coming to a head. This will be as good as anything you've seen on reality TV."

The event gets underway at 4:00 p.m. and runs until 8:00. At 7:00 p.m. the Design-Off judging begins.

The event is expected to be attended by a who's who of the city's business, cultural and political leaders, and Ms. Stenzel says Mayor Stephen Mandel has personally told her he will be there. "Mayor Mandel is probably the biggest proponent of The Quarters, and he's incredibly determined to make the area's redevelopment a success. I really think he'll be pleased with what he sees at Liberty."

The City of Edmonton has extensive plans for The Quarters Downtown, which include breaking down the large blocks into shorter, more walkable ones, as well as adding pedestrian-friendly parks and courtyards and even a river valley funicular that may resemble the one in Quebec City.

The official Liberty Quarters website is Libertyquarters.ca

For more information, please call Natasha at (780) 915-6840.

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